After our daily nap, Daniela and I decided to do one of Rick Steves’ suggested night walks.
We took a bus up to Piazza del Popolo, which is this nice, very Egyptian-inspired square, complete with a huge obelisk in the middle, surrounded by a fountain. The entire square is surrounded by sphinx statues.
Then we walked down Via del Corso, which is lined with shops. We found a place to eat on one of the side streets, but it was pretty mediocre. I was hoping for more from Rome’s pasta!
Next, we visited the Spanish steps, which were packed with people. There is this boat-shaped fountain at the base of the steps and (shocker) another Egyptian obelisk at the top of the stairs. But the view from the top of the stairs, onto a moonlit Rome, was truly beautiful. The crescent moon over the rooftops was picturesque. And apparently Daniela and I weren’t the only ones having a romantic moment – next to us some guy had brought his cat to the steps!
We headed down Via Condotti, which is lined with designer stores – Valentino, Louis Vuitton, Dolce & Gabbana, Burberry – you know, all the ones I can’t afford!
We walked to a bus stop in front of the Victor Emmanuel II monument – an overpowering, white building that is apparently refered to as the “wedding cake,” the “dentures” and/or the “typewriter.” And I have to say, it is even more unavoidable at night when spotlights accentuate its bright whiteness.